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Selwyn Times: August 16, 2016

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http://kaywa.me/Op1Vo My Kaywa QR-Code www.robertbrucemotors.co.nz SELWYN TIMES Tuesday August 16 2016 27 Driven Tackle the skifield road in an Alltrack • By Ross Kiddie STAR MEDIA, the company which I am employed by, embraces advertising creativity. We strive for layout and design which captures reader and viewer interest. That being the case, I was mystified when Volkswagen New Zealand’s recent television advertising campaign was withdrawn when some viewers complained to the Broadcasting Standards Authority. The commercial surrounded Volkswagen’s Passat Alltrack, and was a light-hearted take involving a person falling over backwards on a slippery boat launching ramp. That ad often had me smiling when I was preparing dinner and watching the news. I was disappointed – world gone mad – I thought. That aside, the Alltrack is an interesting variation on the popular mid-size wagon and as its name suggests it has four-wheeldrive and suspension raised 27mm from the standard Passat. Volkswagen is no stranger to this concept, they have long had models which have just that little bit extra in terms of ability. The Alltrack is a cross between an everyday vehicle and one which will take you off-road, not so much in the serious stuff, but it will get you out of a sticky, low grip situation, hence the advertisement. And on that subject, it also gets a 2.2-tonne tow rating, so hauling that large boat is a real probability. Under the bonnet sits a 2-litre, turbocharged diesel engine. The four-cylinder, twin camshaft unit is rated with 150kW and 400Nm, the latter punching out its power all of the way from 1900rpm to 3300rpm; consequently, it is a strong, energetic unit which works through a dual clutch, direct shift gearbox. The six-speeder allows the engine to work freely, between the two, drive is unimpeded, the mid-range diesel surge is evident. Unladen, the Passat Alltrack will scamper to 100km/h from a standstill in 8sec, and will launch to 120km/h from 80km/h in 5sec, the turbo boost offering vivid acceleration. And that is the beauty with the big four-cylinder diesels, there is a lot of grunt on offer, and it’s no wonder Volkswagen are confident of high tow capacity. Perhaps the most exciting figures are those of its fuel usage. Volkswagen claim a 5.2-litre per 100km/h (54mpg) combined cycle average, that sits well with VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT ALLTRACK: Grip for slippery surfaces. the 6.6l/100km (43mpg) figure showing constantly on the dash panel readout. At 100km/h the engine sips fuel at the rate of an amazing 4l/100km (70mpg) with the engine turning over slowly at just 1700rpm. These results are extraordinary for a big vehicle and certainly serve to prove how effective diesel engine manufacturers have become in terms of efficiency. I took the test car on the twists and turns of the Port Hills. It was only a few weeks ago that I evaluated the standard Passat, and was keen to find out if the extra ride height affected the Alltrack’s handling ability. I can report there’s is little noticeable difference, grip is well promoted through Continental sport tyres (245/45 x 18in), while steerage and body balance are accurate and controlled respectively. Of course the suspension is fully independent and there is a lot of travel within those elements; that being the case, bumps and ruts are well absorbed and ride comfort has been given high priority. I didn’t take the Alltrack offroad as such, but I did take it through a short cross-country track in an endeavour to get some photos. The suspension absorbs the uneven surfaces beautifully, and wheel-to-ground contact is manufactured so that • Price – VW Passat Alltrack, $57,990 • Dimensions – Length, 4777mm; width, 1832mm; height, 1506mm • Configuration – Fourcylinder, four-wheel-drive, 1968cc, 140kW, 400Nm, six-speed automatic. • Performance – 0-100km/h, 8sec • Fuel usage – 5.2l/100km utmost traction is gleaned. I can see the Alltrack being used as winter sport recreational transport such as tackling the skifield access road. It’s a vehicle that does all the things a typical sport utility vehicle is capable of, yet it is packaged in a more traditional style. The entire in-cabin area is manufactured for comfort and is decked out with all the features you’d expect from a $57,990 car. I’ve long embraced the traditional station wagon, especially those from Europe. The Alltrack takes that concept one step forward and I’m pleased that it has such a strong foothold globally (no pun intended). 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